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10 Tricks for Amateur Filmmakers

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Published on Dec 15, 2013

A popular segment I produced for an episode of "Indy News," which originally aired Nov. 5, 2012.

TRICKS FOR FAKING IT—Making Amateur Video Look Professional:

#1 Light your scene as best you can.
#2 Use sunlight, especially during the golden hour.
#3 Color correction can salvage dark or poorly white balanced shots.
#4 Find or build a camera stabilizer—maybe a DIY string tripod.
#5 Use a stabilization effect or slow motion to smooth a shaky shot.
#6 High resolution video can be cropped to conceal jump cuts.
#7 Zoom in a kit lens to maximize bokeh (shallow depth of field).
#8 When using on-camera audio, shoot lots of close-ups.
#9 Apply a noise-reducing filter to salvage quiet audio.
#10 Re-record dialogue (ADR "automated dialogue replacement")

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